Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Remembering Barbara Billingsley and Tom Bosley - October 20, 2010

Actress Barbara Billingsley, one of the stars of the television show Leave It To Beaver, poses as she arrives at the first annual TV Land Awards in Hollywood, California, in this March 2, 2003 file photo. Billingsley, who played the quintessential suburban American mom on the 1950s television comedy, died on October 16, 2010 at age 94. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE OBITUARY HEADSHOT)
Two sad passings this week in the world of TV. Barbara Billingsley and Tom Bosley passed away. Billingsley played the role of June Cleaver on Leave It To Beaver. The role became an iconic one and one that she was great in playing. She was that ultimate TV mom that everyone loved. She would be that tough mom when she had to be to keep the kids in line but also keeping Ward in line as well. The show has lived on all these years later and it is a show that I still love. I find myself still watching it from time to time if I see it on. It has always been such an enjoyable and family fun show. Billingsley was 94.
TOM BOSLEY (Oct. 1, 1927 - Oct. 19, 2010), was an American actor, best known for his starring and supporting roles on the television shows Happy Days, Murder, She Wrote, and Father Dowling Mysteries. His breakthrough stage role was as New York mayor Fiorello H. La Guardia in the long-running Broadway musical 'Fiorello!' in 1959, for which he won a Tony Award. PICTURED: Apr 21, 2010 - Westwood, California, USA - Actor TOM BOSLEY arriving to 'The Back-Up Plan' Los Angeles Premiere held at the Village Theatre. © Red Carpet Pictures
Bosley is most known for his role as Mr. Cunningham on Happy Days. Like Leave It To Beaver, Happy Days was another iconic show that saw these characters become pop culture legend. When you think TV dads, he is always going to show up on the list of all time favorites. The show launched such characters as the Fonz and of course the Cunninghams. Bosley was so great on that show and just that great dad that people admired as they watched the show over many generations of TV. Bosley was 83 and passed away from heart failure as he had also been battling lung cancer. When I learned of the news of Bosley, it was this feeling of how wild that it was that two of the biggest TV parents of all time passed away within days of each other. Both left a huge stamp on the world of TV and are not going to be forgotten.

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